WCA Update: 8 April
There's still time to register for Tuesday's free webinar on wine label design and production. You can do it now. Then mark Tuesday 10 May in your diary for our next webinar with Wine Australia, which will sum up the results of three years' of research on the China market by UniSA.
While we're at it, please also save the date for WCA's Sydney Royal Wine Show lunch on Friday 29 July. Tickets go on sale soon for what is always a top event.
There was a bit of business action this week with Brown Brothers and De Bortoli announcing acquisitions in the Yarra Valley (of Innocent Bystander and Lusatia Park respectively) and Ballast Stone Estate Wines in SA’s Currency Creek region being put on the market. Innocent Bystander even made the news in Wine Spectator.
Meanwhile, the purchase of Peter Lehmann Wines, Brand’s Laira and others has helped Casella Family Brands boost its full-year profit by 8.5% to $41 million.
Seppeltsfield has launched a virtual reality tour that allows smart phone users to experience being a part of the 165-year-old winery. Clever technology is involved. More here.
New research shows WA’s Capes region, which includes Margaret River, has the fastest declining rainfall levels in Australia, prompting the local wine industry association to urge its members to consider climate change variability in future planning.
According to Roy Morgan Research, adult Australians on average drink 23 glasses of alcohol over a four-week period, and a quarter of them are wine. More here.
Wine Australia this week released a new market update on New Zealand.
Rebecca Duffy, the winemaker at Holm Oak Vineyard in the Tamar Valley, has won the Tasmanian Rural Women's Award. The ABC has the story here.
The Chinese know that Rob Geddes MW knows his stuff when it comes to wine. He’s just been made a Visiting Professor at Northwest A&F University in Yangling.
Wine Australia is launching a trade competition for Australian wineries, cellar doors, restaurants, bars and retailers as part of its Aussie Wine Month in May. Website
Early bird registrations close on 15 April for the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide in July. Read more – and register – here.
If you’re looking for a seriously good wine tasting in Sydney next Thursday (14 April) our friends at Wine Ark are showcasing John Duval Wines, Trimbach and the wines of Piedmont at their Alexandria outlet from 6.30pm. It’s open to all. Tickets and information here.
Malbec World Day is just nine sleeps away – 17 April. Learn more here.
Here are a few interesting articles we found online.
Vinomofo secures record $25m raising from Blue Sky Ventures (AFR)
Bulk wine exporters abusing WET: Neil McGuigan (Drinks Bulletin)
Blue skies for wine industry, but dark clouds on the horizon (SMH)
French winemakers’ war with Spanish intensifies (The Drinks Business)